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Soweto in a Bike Tour

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Key facts

Where: Johannesburg , South Africa Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Highlights

  • Cycle the colourful streets and experience the vibrant atmosphere of the city of gold
  • Learn about the country′s history at the Apartheid Museum
  • Discover the real Soweto through its rich history and cultural diversity
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a local Soweto shebeen bar over a drink and a game of pool
  • Ride down Vilakazi Street and past the sites of the 1976 student uprisings
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch

Overview

Cycle straight into the soul of South Africa on this Johannesburg tour through the streets of iconic Soweto.

Cycle past historic landmarks of the 1976 student uprisings and visit the memorial to Hector Pieterson, a young student tragically killed while protesting against apartheid.

Enjoy a lunch of local specialities in Soweto before jumping on a bike to explore the streets of this colourful neighbourhood.

Pedal down Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela once lived and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home.

End this unique bike tour at a local shebeen bar, to enjoy a drink, play a game of pool and perhaps dance to the rhythm of kwaito music.

Itinerary

For your Soweto in a bike Tour you will be collected from your hotel in the morning. An English-speaking guide will go with you on this fascinating excursion.

Soweto may sound like an African name, but the word was originally an acronym for "South Western Townships". A product of apartheid planning, Soweto was created to house mainly black labourers who worked in the mines and other industries. From its early days, Soweto was a center for anti-apartheid campaigns. The 1976 student uprising, also known as the Soweto Uprisings, began in Soweto and spread from there to the rest of the country.

More than 3 million people call Soweto home, and they speak all of the 11 official languages of South Africa. Why not pick up a few common phrases to greet people with while riding through the streets?

Explore some of the most famous locations, listen to the stories and discover the people that make this area the vibrant place it is today. Drop into a former male migrant workers’ hostel to learn about the realities of life here.

Continue on to Meadowlands, made famous when families were forcibly removed from Sophiatown to this town in the 1950s. Cycle past the historical landmarks of the 1970s student uprisings and visit the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old student who was tragically killed in 1976.

Cycle down Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela used to live and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home. After the 2-hour cycle tour you will board your vehicle again and will be taken to a local shebeen bar, where you can enjoy a drink (payable direct), play pool or even dance.

End this unique Soweto tour at a local shebeen bar, where you can enjoy a drink (payable direct), play pool or even dance.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

5 - 6 hours

Start time

0830h (08:30am) OR1330h (0130pm)
Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Meeting point

Your hotel in central Johannesburg.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

You will be dropped off back at your hotel.

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation
  • 2-hour Cycle Tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Helmet
  • Lunch (local cuisine), plus water
  • Entrance fees to Apartheid Museum

Exclusions

  • Additional food and beverages

Do/Dont's

Dress standards are conservative throughout Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Shorts should be knee-length. Singlets and tank tops are not suitable

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Please note

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.

If your details are not correct It is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher, If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.

Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
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